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Poster: 23_skidoo Date: Apr 2, 2008 6:09pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Next Wave of Uploads

When will that start?

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Poster: FP Date: Apr 7, 2008 10:12pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Next Wave of Uploads

Prelinger-supplied ephemeral films are among your best entertainment values!

A request:
Please make the new releases available in 720 X 480 MPEG2 files, as were the older Prelinger films. These can be dropped directly into DVD ARCHITECT without transcoding. They look good on TV. The best MP4 files look good on the computer monitor, but they have to be transcoded to make a DVD. This introduces cascading compression artifacts: blocky dark scenes, temporal anomalies, etc. Free is a good price, so I can't complain, no matter how the new uploads are supplied - but I hope for the best possible quality.

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Poster: Scribble Date: Apr 8, 2008 4:18pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Next Wave of Uploads

The Middletons at the World's Fair film was a great example of how to best create the mpeg2s...720x480, low compression, no visible blocky artifacts...just terrific and very appreciated...

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffRick Prelinger Date: Apr 3, 2008 10:17pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Next Wave of Uploads

OK, here's the story. We have committed to upload 500 new items. Since November, we have been doing massive film-to-tape transfers. Skip (avgeeks.com) is going to digitize from tape.

At the same time, we have decided to go "tapeless" and digitize our entire video collection (just to be clear, we don't collect video, and all of our videotapes are transfers from film). In order to do both of these projects economically, we're going to derive the files for the Internet Archive from the files that we make from our tapes.

We are waiting to digitize our tapes until we have tested the tools we wish to use (open source tools like ffmpeg) and make sure they work. After this, which should be quite soon, we will start pumping tapes to Skip and he will start digitizing, deriving and uploading.

I'm sorry this is taking longer than anticipated, but we will do it, and I want to make sure that we do it right.


This post was modified by Rick Prelinger on 2008-04-04 05:17:37

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Apr 6, 2008 3:43pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Next Wave of Uploads

I (and maybe others) am interested in knowing more about the process/workflow and tools you are using. I did a fair amount of film to video transfers in the old days. These days I use ffmpeg alot. If you or Skip have the time to write up a little something, that would be really interesting.

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Poster: Scribble Date: Apr 5, 2008 9:17am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Next Wave of Uploads

Rick, Skip and all you folks,

I'm sure I speak for all of the people who use this incredible resource in saying how much we appreciate the hard work and dedication you guys and gals put into this site.

I know we must sound impatient, but were just all very excited and anxious to see what's coming...

Thanks again

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Poster: 23_skidoo Date: Apr 5, 2008 5:02pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Next Wave of Uploads

Yes, I don't want to sound naggy or impatient.

All of us really appreciate the work you guys are doing, and I for one am incredibly anxious to see what's going to be under the "This Just In" heading in a couple of weeks or so.